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Cole's Notes From Around the League: 9/27/14-10/3/14

Another week of transactions as Training Camps begin to wind down and rosters begin to take form. All salary information from



The Ducks, in two separate moves, reduced their training camp roster to 28 players. David Steckel, Steve MacIntyre, Brandon Yip, Brad Winchester, and Brendan Bell were all released for their invites, and with the exception of Yip, were all sent to AHL Norfolk. 2014 first-rounder Nick Ritchie was among the cuts, being returned to juniors.


The Coyotes, in two separate moves, reduced their training camp roster to 25 players. Training camp invites Krys Barch, Matt Kassian, and Jamie McBain were all released, while Jordan Szwarz, Brandon Gormley, and Max Domi, prospects on the cusp of full-time NHL duty, were returned to AHL Portland, and in Domi's case, juniors.


The Bruins were busy cutting down their roster. First up, they cut 11 from their roster, including winger Bracken Kearns, who was released from camp. Then they re-signed their valuable RFAs, surprise 20-goal scorer Reilly Smith and power play whiz Torey Krug, each to one-year contracts worth $1.4M. Later, they sent Christopher Breen down and Ville Leino down to AHL Providence. Roster hopefuls Alexander Khokhlachev and Ryan Spooner were among four reassignments, only to be called up, along with Breen, again. All told, their training camp roster is at 35 players.


The Sabres made another round of cuts to their roster, sending 2011 first-rounder and top prospect Joel Armia, depth winger Matt Ellis, and goaltender Nathan Lieuwen to AHL Rochester, cutting the roster down to 30 players.


The Flames made four roster cuts (four different links there), sending down two prospects, Markus Granlund and Johnny Gaudreau's college linemate Bill Arnold to AHL Adirondack. Tough guy Sheldon Brookbank was released from camp,  leaving the camp roster at 30 players.


The Hurricanes made two rounds of roster cuts, while also adding Chad LaRose, previously trying out with AHL Charlotte, to their NHL camp roster. 2014 first-rounder Hadyn Fleury was among the cuts, going back to juniors. The Hurricanes have 25 players at camp.


The Blackhawks made four roster cuts this past week. Camp invite Cam Barker was released from camp, while roster hopefuls Adam Clendening, Joakim Nordstrom, and Dennis Rasmussen were sent to AHL Rockford. Daniel Carcillo was added to the camp roster after being released by Pittsburgh.


The Avalanche signed winger Cody McLeod to a three-year extension worth $4M and defenceman Brad Stuart to a two-year extension worth $7.2M, both effective starting 2015/16. Two roster cuts have reduced the Avalanche roster to 29 players, defencemen Stefan Elliott and Bruno Gervais being among those sent down to AHL Lake Erie.


The Blue Jackets made three rounds of roster cuts, reducing the roster to 29 players. Forwards Dana Tyrell and Simon Hjalmarsson were among the players sent to AHL Springfield.


The Stars made five roster cuts this week, including the release of PTO Derek Meech and demotion of 2014 first-rounder Julius Honka to AHL Texas. They also re-signed two RFAs. Centre Cody Eakin got two years at $3.8M per, while defenceman Brenden Dillon got one year at $1.25M. The roster is now at 23 players.


The Red Wings made two roster cuts. No notable players were sent to AHL Grand Rapids. Their roster is down to 39 players.


The Oilers made five roster cuts this week. Their attempt to sign camp standout Vladimir Tkachev was blocked by the NHL. While he'd played in North America last season and gone unselected in the draft, the fact that he only joined his junior team mid-season meant he was ineligible to be signed. Other than that, undrafted prospect Iiro Pakarinen and goaltender Richard Bachman were to AHL Oklahoma City. The Oilers now have 34 players.


The Panthers made four roster cuts. Greg Zanon, Bobby Butler, Joey Crabb, Dan Ellis, Vincent Trocheck, Quinton Howden, Drew Shore, and Alex Petrovic were all sent down to AHL San Antonio.

Los Angeles

The Kings made four roster cuts. They have 28 players left on the training camp roster, and no notable players have been sent to AHL Manchester.


The Wild made three roster cuts. Forwards Jordan Schroeder, Michael Keranen, and defencemen Jonathon Blum and Justin Falk were all sent to AHL Iowa. They also claimed defenceman Nate Prosser, who spent the last couple of seasons with the Wild, off waivers from St. Louis. They now have 27 players at camp.


The Canadiens made two roster cuts. 2014 first-rounder Nikita Scherbak was sent back to his junior team, while veteran hopefuls Joe Finley, Davis Drewiske, and Jake Dowell were sent to AHL Hamilton. They also signed camp invite Drayson Bowman to a one-year contract worth $575K at the NHL level and $150K in the minors. 28 players remain.


The Predators made two roster cuts, sending a number of players, among them December 2013 rookie of the month Marek Mazanec, to AHL Milwaukee. Defenceman Brian Lee was released from his try-out, while 2014 first-rounder Kevin Fiala was returned to Sweden.

New Jersey

The Devils made three roster cuts, sending forward Rod Pelley and defenceman Renat Mamashev to AHL Albany, while releasing defencemen Mike Komisarek and Tomas Kaberle, and winger Ruslan Fedotenko from training camp. They have 32 players remaining.

NY Islanders

The Islanders cut their roster to 44 players. No players of note have been sent to AHL Bridgeport. 2014 first-rounder Michael Dal Colle has been signed to an entry-level contract.

NY Rangers

The Rangers cut their roster down to 34 players, sending offseason addition Petr Zamorsky and winger Chris Bourque to AHL Hartford.


The Senators made a roster cut to 33 players, sending no notable players to AHL Binghampton, and releasing Nick Palmieri from camp. They signed winger Bobby Ryan to a seven-year extension worth $50.75M and named defenceman Erik Karlsson captain.


The Flyers made two roster cuts. Roster hopefuls Scott Laughton and Shayne Gostisbehere, along with camp invite Zach Stortini, and depth guys Jay Rosehill and Chris VandeVelde, were sent to AHL Lehigh Valley. 28 players remain on the camp roster.


The Penguins made three roster cuts. Jayson Megna was sent to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and Daniel Carcillo was released from camp, going to Chicago. 31 players remain on the roster.

San Jose

The Sharks made three roster cuts to reduce the roster to 30 players. Prospect Matt Tennyson and summer addition Melker Karlsson were sent AHL Worcester.

St. Louis

The Blues made four roster cuts.  Among those leaving are defenceman Ryan Whitney and winger Paul Bissonnette, who were released from camp. Peter Mueller and Nate Prosser, and Colin Fraser and Chris Butler were waived, all being demoted to AHL Chicago, save for Prosser, who was claimed by Minnesota. 31 players remain at camp.

Tampa Bay

The Lightning released a predominantly black third jersey, retaining the "BOLTS" wordmark used on the previous set as a jersey crest. They also released 28 players from camp, all at once, leaving 30 players on the roster. Top goaltending prospects Kristers Gudlevskis and Andrei Vasilevski were sent to AHL Syracuse, while 2014 first-rounder Anthony DeAngelo was returned to the juniors.


The Maple Leafs made three roster cuts. Troy Bodie and Petri Kontiola were sent to AHL Toronto, while defenceman Henrik Tallinder was released from camp. 29 players remain at camp.


The Canucks made four roster cuts. Veteran defencemen Kent Huskins and Bobby Sanguinetti, forward Dustin Jeffrey, and goatlender Jacob Markstrom, as well as 2013 first-rounder Hunter Shinkaruk, were sent to AHL Utica. 2014 first-rounder Jake Virtanen was sent to his junior team. The camp roster now consists of 25 players.


The Capitals reduced their roster to 49 players with their latest roster cut, which sent depth players Chris Conner and Kris Newbury and goaltending prospect Philipp Grubauer to AHL Hershey.


The Jets made two roster cuts, sending no notable players to AHL St. John's and reducing their training camp roster to 32 players.